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Study in Turkey: Housing & Living Costs

To many international students, the cost of living in Turkey is very much affordable. The Turkish Lira has struggled in recent years, and this has maximized how far the currency can go for people from all over the world, even if you’re studying in a major city. As Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, and many international students find themselves there, these costs will reflect the cost of living in Istanbul. 

Feb 6, 2024

To many international students, the cost of living in Turkey is very much affordable. The Turkish Lira has struggled in recent years, and this has maximized how far the currency can go for people from all over the world, even if you’re studying in a major city.

As Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, and many international students find themselves there, these costs will reflect the cost of living there. Some average costs in Istanbul are:

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  • Monthly rent (1 bedroom apartment): 1400TRY (US$190)
  • Utilities (monthly average): 500TRY (US$65)
  • Monthly public transport pass: 275TRY (US$37)
  • Meal (inexpensive restaurant): 30TRY (US$4.10)
  • Coffee: 15TRY (US$2)
  • Milk (1 liter): 6TRY ($0.80)
  • Vegetables (1kg): 3TRY (US$0.40)
  • Eggs (dozen): 13TRY (US$1.80)
  • Water (1.5 liters bottled): 2.30TRY (US$0.30) *
  • Beef (1kg): 70TRY (US$9.60)
  • Beer (bottle): 15TRY (US$2)
  • Bread (loaf): 3.10TRY (US$0.45)

*You’ll need to factor bottled water into your budget as you can’t drink the tap water in Turkey. 

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The average cost of living in Istanbul without rent is about 12,500TRY (US$1700) per month. Rent is normally counted as a separate cost in Turkey. 

Istanbul’s relatively affordable cost of living means that you can enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle on a shoestring budget. You can spend your days in cafes, some of which are themed, bars, restaurants and shisha dens without breaking the bank. 

Bear in mind, however, that Turkey is still largely cash-driven. Even in major cities, many businesses will only take cash or, at the least, will make it clear that this is their preferred option. 

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As for healthcare, it’s free in Turkey. Thanks to a series of reforms during the 2000s, Turkish healthcare is rapidly improving, although it still lags behind many other European countries, like Greece and Italy. 

That being said, Turkish healthcare is only open to citizens and permanent residents. That’s why you’ll need health insurance when applying for your student visa. Private healthcare is still affordable in Turkey - that’s why it’s also a popular medical tourism destination.

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